Keith Sandlin: In the business of well-being
by Matt Shinall
Aug 21, 2011 | 1825 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Serving in the Bartow County community for more than 25 years, Keith Sandlin oversees the daily operation of 600 employees caring for more than 100,000 patients annually.

As CEO of Cartersville Medical Center, Sandlin has been involved in community healthcare through Bartow's greatest growth. Progressing from humble beginnings in order to meet needs, Cartersville Medical Center is again eyeing future growth on the heels of recent additions including a new cardiac cath lab enabling local interventional procedures.

As Bartow enters a new era, surpassing 100,000 in population, Sandlin remains at the helm of CMC with plans for adding a new patient floor for private beds, a surgical robot and a new neonatal intensive care unit. From Cartersville's Hope Center to new offices in Acworth and expanding relationships with regional partners, Sandlin and CMC strive to further the efforts of community healthcare.

Name: Keith Sandlin

Occupation/Title: CEO, Cartersville Medical Center

How long have you been with Cartersville Medical Center? 27 years



City of residence: Cartersville



Family: Three adult daughters, two sons-in-law (soon to be three) and four terrific grandchildren.

If married, how long? Married to my high school sweetheart, Carol, for 35 years



Education: Graduate of the University of Alabama



What inspired you to enter healthcare administration?

A: The opportunity to positively impact the lives of others as well as the diversity of the people and issues that you deal with daily.



What has been the most rewarding part of your role in the community?

A: The friendships and relationships with many in this community.



What would you consider your greatest personal or professional achievement?

A: Personal: A close knit, happy family that truly enjoys spending time together. Professional: Having the privilege of being in a leadership role of a vibrant, growing health care community that provides a valuable service to Bartow County as well as being a major employer and [making a] positive economic impact.



What would most people be surprised to learn about you?

A: I love traveling to other countries and studying the cultures and people.



Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?

A: Walking one of the great local trails, downtown Cartersville or the Cartersville Country Club.



What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

A: Independent, Fair, Fun



If you were not in this line of work, what would you like to do?

A: Co-host with Eli Gold the radio broadcasts of Alabama football games, or take the place of Anthony Bourdain on the Travel Channel's "No Reservations" and eat my way around the world.